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2 Fargo schools ranked among best in ND by U.S. News

Fargo's Davies High School as seen Aug. 14, 2014. Forum file photo1 / 2
Fargo's North High School as seen Feb. 12, 2018. Forum file photo2 / 2

WASHINGTON — Two Fargo high schools are among five North Dakota schools that made U.S. News and World Report's 2018 rankings of the best high schools in the nation.

Davies High School tops the list of North Dakota schools and North High came in fifth place, earning silver and bronze ratings, respectively.

Bismarck's Century and Grand Forks' Red River and Central high schools placed second, third and fourth in North Dakota, respectively, all earning silver ratings in the new rankings reported by U.S. News on Wednesday, May 9.

Twin Cities area schools dominated the rankings for 72 Minnesota high schools that were listed.

Nova Classical Academy Upper School in St. Paul topped Minnesota's rankings, followed by Orono Senior High School, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Secondary School, Math and Science Academy in Woodbury and Great River School in St. Paul, which all earned gold ratings.

Locally, Detroit Lakes Senior High School was ranked 49th among the Minnesota schools, and Hawley High School was 64th, earning silver and bronze ratings, respectively.

Arizona's public schools made a strong showing, with six high schools — all of them charter schools — ranked among the top 10 nationally.

The rankings are determined by whether the schools exceeded expectations on state reading and mathematics proficiency tests as well as graduation rates (which must be 80 percent or higher). A College Readiness Index, based on the percentages of each school's students who took and passed Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams, also factors into the rankings.

More than 20,500 high schools were evaluated by U.S. News, with 5,948 of them receiving national recognition.

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Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including K-12 education, Fargo city government, criminal justice, and military affairs. He is currently one of The Forum's business reporters.

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